Sales & Special Events

Tohono Chul hosts a variety of special events through the year. From the ever popular Holiday Nights to the quintessential Bloom Night there is always something going on. Below is a list of some of our upcoming events.

Monsoon Madness Plant Sale

Friday | July 26 | 3 – 7 p.m.
Saturday | July 27 | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free Admission During the Sale

The wet and wonderful monsoon season brings you more than just rain as we host local growers and nationally-renowned plant experts with their specially-selected inventory at this Tucson tradition. The annual sale is for more than just plant nerds, anyone can come on down to buy the weird and wondrous and learn plant care from the professionals. With a variety of shrubs, succulents, and cacti from the bizarre and edible to the showy and tricky, you are bound to bring home a peculiar plant.


  • Anthon Ellert
  • Arid Oasis Nursery
  • Botanicals in Clay
  • Civano Nursery
  • Desert Natives Inc.
  • Desert Trees Nursery
  • Doug Bullock
  • Ethical Desert
  • Jan Bell Pottery
  • Jan Emming
  • Joan Baron
  • John Carreon
  • Landscape Cacti
  • Kelly DePetro
  • Mary Swallow
  • Mike Ellis
  • Nighthawk Natives Nursery
  • Oaks of the Wild West
  • Plantas del Sol
  • Plants for the Southwest
  • Pots for Plants
  • Steve Martinez
  • Sticky Situation
  • Tucson Tool

at Tohono Chul Wizards Unite

Saturday | August 3 | 6 – 10 p.m.
$3 per person | $5 for 2 | $10 for 2 adults and up to 4 kids

Enter the magical gardens of Tohono Chul for an enchanted evening full of wizardly wonder!

  • Live concert by Harry and the Potters from 9-10 p.m.
  • Mystical eats and sweets by the Garden Bistro
  • Supernatural shopping with Mildred and Dildred
  • Wizards Chess
  • A magical menagerie with local wildlife rehabilitators
  • The chance to play Wizards Unite with 15 Inns, 5 Greenhouses, and 3 Fortresses
  • Several spellbinding photo opportunities
  • Divine fortune-telling at tea leaf readings
  • Sprout your very own mandrake in the greenhouse
  • Your very own house button and lightning scar temporary tattoo

The Desert Players present “One Starry Night”

Tuesday | August 6

10am | Ed. Ctr. #1 | Free with Admission

Rumpelpigskin and Jacqueline Jackrabbit listen as Granny Sweet tells the age-old story of how Grandmother Spider set out to place the stars in the sky in a neat and orderly manner until mischief-maker Coyote decided to “help!” As her story unfolds, a variety of nocturnal desert animals — bats, bobcats, coyotes, Gila monsters, owls and mice — go about their daily lives, all while we are sleeping. There is even a light show, a possibility of dancing skeletons and a day-turns into-night activity to take home.

The Desert Players will also be appearing at your local Pima County Library this summer!

  • Monday, July 15 | 10am | Catalina Community Center
  • Thursday, July 25 | 2pm | Wilmot Library

Stories in the Garden

Tuesdays | 10 a.m. | Children’s Ramada

Join us for traditional and original stories about the desert and its creatures under the Children’s Ramada. Free with admission. 

Butterflies of Tohono Chul

October – April | Saturdays at 11 a.m & Sundays at 1 p.m.
May – September | Saturdays & Sundays at 10 a.m

Nature lovers, shutterbugs and bug lovers will get an in-depth glimpse of some of the most engaging creatures in the Sonoran Desert, butterflies! Free with admission.

Reptile Ramble

March – May & Sept. – Nov. | Fridays at 10 a.m. | Overlook

Learn to identify resident reptiles and find the answer to the age-old question, “Why do lizards do push-ups?” Be prepared to get to know some friendly, non-venomous snakes, and perhaps a lizard or tortoise or two. We’ll even introduce you to a few venomous reptiles as well, like a rattlesnake and maybe a Gila monster, all to illustrate how we can learn to live together in the desert. Free with admission.

Birds of Prey – Night & Day

October-December, February-April | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2nd & 4th Wednesdays | Children’s Ramada

Naturalist and wildlife rehabilitator Kathie Schroeder rejoins us with her Harris’ Hawk buddy Sueño and two new friends Poppy, the Western Screech Owl, and Banshee, the Barn Owl. Discover the different habits of birds of prey who hunt by night or by day, and get to know a collection of the most unflappable birds in town. Free with admission.